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COLA NJ

Coalition Of Lake Associations

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Living on or near a lake brings unique pleasures. At the same time, problems arise creating the need for information and education. Lake home owners, concerned citizens, lake associations and environmental professionals joined together to meet that need with the formation of the NJCOLA.

Excessive weed and algae growth, turbid water, sedimentation and bacterial or toxic contamination present a real threat to the ecological health and beauty of the inland lakes we treasure.

What is COLA?

The Coalition of Lake Associations is united for the purpose of:

  • Sharing their experience in lake water and community association management
  • Increasing their knowledge of lake association problems and alternative solutions
  • building a strong political voice which can help formulate legislation favorable to the preservation of all lake communities as natural resources

What is the Function of Cola?

We hold frequent informative and educational meetings and workshops on various relevant topics such as:

  • Dam Maintenance
  • Aeration
  • Algae Control
  • Eutrophication Causes and Corrective Measures
  • Septic Management
  • Acid Rain
  • Weed Control
  • Legislation and Regulatory Matters
  • Dredging
  • State and Municipal Planning
  • Club Management
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COLA is the educational tool for the lakes; our meetings and literature are always on subjects that lakes should be aware of.

Such as:

  • Continuing education on weeds and Algae treatment.
  • Use of  Alum
  • Environmental guide on the use of household products, fertilizers and pesticides
  • Maintenance of Septics
  • Septic Ordinances
  • New Septic Systems
  • Restoration of Dams
  • Political involvement
  • Legal Matters
  • By Laws, Deeds and Covenants
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  • Governing: most lakes are governed by volunteers and Boards of Trustees. Only a very few lakes have professional managers.
  • Financing: some lakes have deeds that state those that must pay. Most have members that volunteer payment, this is very difficult.
  • Recently with legal guidance provided by COLA, Eileen McCarthy Borne ESQ urged the lakes that did not have mandatory collection rights to go back and research old Deeds and Covenants. In their research some found that they do have the right to collect to maintain the lake. This is an enormous step forward for these communities. This research is ongoing.  
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Of the twelve hundred lakes in New Jersey, over eight hundred are privately owned and maintained. A large number of these lakes were man made in the late twenties and the early thirties. They were developed as summer communities with small cottages surrounding them. Families came from the cites to enjoy the recreation that the lakes provided them and the beauty of the areas.

As time went on in the late fifties and early sixties more and more of these cottages were converted to year round residences.

Today most lakes are year round communities.

Increased Populations and Lakes

As these communities grew, problems with the lakes increased. The use of Phosphorous products, such as detergents, dishwasher soaps, fertilizers and pesticides that were used on these properties found their way into the lakes and feed the algae and the weeds. In addition, the septics were inadequate for the growing population.

All of the above caused a sever increase in algae blooms and abundance of weed.

Lake Leaders and COLA

Several lake leaders recognized that they needed help maintaining and solving these problems. In the late seventies they formed the group that is now COLA. They realized that they needed to be educated on their problems, and they saw the importance of sharing information and varied experiences with other lakes. There also was a need to bring the professionals into their midst.

 COLA is now made up of large and small lakes and ponds in the Northern region of the state know as the Lakeland Region. There are approximately 80 members of COLA.

We meet in Spring and Fall and have four to six meetings a year. We do mailings and Email when information arises.

 

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COLA plays a part in Political situations where it affects the lakes such as the following.

  • The Bathing Regulations, COLA participated in the development of these laws. Our efforts were not to make these small lakes conform to the same regulations as beaches on the ocean.
  • Dam Regulations, In order for these lakes to conform to the laws that required the restoration of their dams we needed help to finance these enormous projects. With COLA1s impute and efforts plus, the enormous help of our Senators and other legislatures they past the bill which loans the lakes the funds with a 2% loan over 20 years.
  • DEP. COLA lakes support each other in decisions that come down from these government departments.
  • The Kelly Law, This law required equal pay to the lake communities that maintained roads and lighting of the roads.
  • Under this law the towns must reimburse for these services or do the work for the lake that they do for all township roads.

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